Netflix has signed up as a co-producer for two new BBC dramas, Troy: Fall of a City and Black Earth Rising.

BBC1 series Troy: Fall of a City is produced by UK outfit Wild Mercury in association with Kudos. It centres around the events of the Trojan War and the love affair between Paris and Helen, and is written by David Farr (The Night Manager), directed by Owen Harris (Black Mirror: San Junipero), executive produced by Derek Wax (Humans, The Hour) and David Farr, and produced by Barney Reisz (Black Mirror, Elizabeth I). The series is due to start filming on location in South Africa in March and will premiere in the UK on BBC One and globally outside of the UK on Netflix.

BBC2’s Black Earth Rising is billed as a labyrinthine thriller about the prosecution of international war crimes and the personal, legal and political turmoil it ignites. Written and directed by Hugo Blick (Honourable Woman, The Shadow Line) and produced by Greg Brenman’s Drama Republic (Honourable Woman, Doctor Foster). Netflix joins the BBC as partners on this new series that will premiere in the UK on BBC Two and globally outside of the UK on Netflix.

The streaming service is also backing new comedic travel series, Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father, following Jack Whitehall and his father travelling together throughout Southeast Asia. The series begins shooting this month.

Netflix says it has has committed more than $1.75 billion to European productions (licensed, original and co-productions) since 2012.

Staff Reporter

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